Vegan oil-free chickpea muffins that are tender, sweet and delicious! Made with chickpeas, chickpea liquid, & chickpea flour, they are also grain-free, gluten-free, easy to make, have 137 calories, & 5 grams protein each.
I have a short and sweet post for all of you today, with a short and sweet recipe to match!
I still love my oats, but I do revel in the creation of newfangled grain-free bakes. It takes plenty of trial and error, but the elation of getting it right is worth it.
Consider me elated, all thanks to these vegan oil-free chickpea muffins. Consider them your new go-to muffin recipe!
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- Quick & easy to make
- 5 grams protein per muffin
- Variable (with different add-ins and flavorings)
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
The primary ingredient? Chickpeas. Plus chickpeas. And then…some more chickpeas.
Yes, I love chickpeas. 🙂
To make the muffins, puree a 15-ounce can of chickpeas, including the chickpea liquid. The chickpea liquid, known as aquafaba, has eggwhite-like binding properties that contribute to the light, fluffy texture of these muffins.
Here’s all that is needed for the recipe:
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, undrained
- creamy nut or seed butter (see notes for options)
- coconut sugar (see notes for options)
- vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
- chickpea flour
- tapioca starch (see notes for options)
- baking powder (certified GF, as needed)
How to Make Vegan Grain-Free Chickpea Muffins
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
- Preheat the oven to 400F (200C). Line a 12 cup standard size muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
- In a blender or food processor, place the chickpeas (including all of the liquid), nut butter, coconut sugar, vanilla and (optional) cinnamon. Puree until completely smooth.
- Add the chickpea flour, tapioca starch, and baking powder. Blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of container.
- Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin cups (it will fill about 2/3 of each cup)
- Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 18 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached.
- Cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and cool completely.
Tip: Do Not Overfill Muffin Cups
Be sure to divide the batter between all 12 cups. Fewer cups, with more batter, will not work well for these grain-free muffins. They do not develop a peak in the center when baked, so overfilled cups will overflow to the sides of the pan as the muffins rise.
Tip for Getting Peaked Muffins
If you are looking for more of a peak to the muffins, you can divide the batter between 15 or 16 standard muffin cups (about 1/2-way full). Just be sure to reduce the baking time by about 3 minutes overall.
Use this basic recipe as a template for a host of other flavors, add-ins and toppings.
For example, fresh or dried fruits, chocolate chips, poppy seeds, almond extract, citrus zests, spices galore, or a sprinkle of nuts or seeds on top (which toast as they bake).
These are my 3 current favorites for the fall season:
- Cinnamon Chocolate Chip (1 and 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon + 2/3 cups chocolate chips)
- Cranberry Orange (1 cup fresh or frozen, thawed cranberries + 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest)
- Spiced Toasted Nut (1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice + 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans sprinkled on top)
Have fun adding your favorites to the mix!
Storage for the Muffins
Canned Chickpeas Tip
I recommend using reduced sodium chickpeas to control the overall salt in the recipe.
Coconut Sugar Alternatives
Feel free to use an equal amount of any other granular sweetener (e.g., brown sugar) in place of the coconut sugar.
Nut Butter Options
Use any variety of creamy nut butter you like, such as peanut, almond or cashew. I prefer to use varieties that only contain nuts and salt, but use what suits your needs, budget and preference.
For a nut-free option, use an equal amount of sunflower seed butter or well-stirred tahini.
Note that sunflower seed butter will tinge the muffins pale green. They are perfectly fine, it’s simply a sunflower seed side effect. You can also use an equal amount of coconut butter. I have an easy DIY coconut butter recipe that you can make in minutes.
Happy baking, everyone!